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Title: Humbling Turkishness: Undoing the Strategies of Exclusion and Inclusion of Turkish Modernity
Authors: Demir, Ipek
First Published: 20-Mar-2014
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Journal of Historical Sociology, 2014, 27 (3), pp. 381-401
Abstract: Kurds make up about a fifth of Turkey's population. Turkey has taken steps – albeit slowly and reluctantly – towards increased recognition of Kurdish cultural and linguistic rights. However, within Turkey there is also a steeply rising tide of Turkish nationalism, prejudice and intolerance towards Kurds, and increasing anti-Kurdish sentiment. This article brings studies of Kurdishness and Turkishness into a single conversation and traces the relationship between Turkish modernity, Orientalized Kurdishness and the construction of Turkishness as the efendi (master) identity. It does this by drawing attention to “strategies of exclusion and inclusion” in the construction of official Turkish history, and relates these to the way in which the tense borders between Kurds and Turks are maintained and currently reproduced. It also presents a normative argument in favour of “humbling Turkishness” and “solidarity trading zones”.
DOI Link: 10.1111/johs.12054
ISSN: 0952-1909
eISSN: 1467-6443
Links: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/johs.12054/full
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/40682
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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